Reviewed by 50th State Scoutmaster from Waipahu, Hawaii on Tuesday, April 30, 2013
A pair of these babies popped up on my PC screen from STP... in the smooth tan color and my size... and I did not hesitate to buy it immediately. These are my 2nd pair of Merrell Wilderness Hiking Boots and I have really lucked out as the 1st pair (in black - see my other review) and now 2nd pair (in smooth tan) are part of the 30th Anniversary Limited Production from Merrell for this particular boot model. On the right heel of each boot is embossed 1981-2011 (and the production number). These limited production models are made with the same quality leather materials as their other boots, but apparently made with 'finer' designer looking materials (smoother leather, colored stitching and different colored boot grommets). To be honest with you, I cannot really use these on the trails just yet... but, have been using them for work (in the office) and to go out in the evenings and weekend. They are 'so comfortable' and really 'look that good'. I eventually will use them down the road as they age gracefully. Should you come across these boots... suggest you make sure that these are not the Wilderness Canyon that are made in China... very BIG DIFFERENCE!
Reviewed by 50th State Scoutmaster from Waipahu, Hawaii on Thursday, January 24, 2013
These Merrells are very similar to the Alico Tahoes (which I have 2 pairs). The soles, inside liner and stitching are the same. Only difference between these and the Alico Tahoes is that the Merrells are more stiffer in the ankle area providing better support. The Alico Tahoe's ankle padding is a softer material and not full leather. I primarily bought these for the color (black) so that I can use them to work when I wear black pants... looks good also to go out into the town. As far as the break-in period that most people grumble about... those that use good old quality leather shoes know what to expect and prepare for... the more you wear them, the better they get. I probably would not use these on the longer backpacking hikes that I do with our scouts as I already have a well broken in pair of Alico Summit and Vasque Legends (which are my 'go to' hiking boots). Overall... very good hiking shoe!!!
Reviewed by NW scout from Seattle, WA on Thursday, January 17, 2013
These are old school rugged boots. Yes the interior is breathable fabric instead of leather, but I am not hard enough on them to consider interior liner wear prevention a suitable trade off for holding sweat against my feet. Yes you can use socks to offset that downside, but it is easier to have a liner. They are very stylish, which is a side benefit, not a decision driver. The built quality is excellent. This is no cheapo boot with glue slathered on and ill fitting parts ground down to match each other. They are really stiff when new. Something like Dutch wooden shoes. They are not the soft wilderness canyons that you commonly see in stores. They are completely different boots that require proper old fashioned break in. They also aren't goretex so you will have to pay attention to treat them to ensure waterproofing, but they are breathable. So far I love them. There aren't any rubber armored lowers to protect the toes or any other modern crutches, just thick strong, seamless leather.
Reviewed by Evan from Baltimore on Monday, January 14, 2013
When I first tried these on, I wasn't sure. My heel was snug, but I had a tongue hot spot on my left instep. I decided to take a chance and hope that being leather, a break in would fix the hot spot, and it did after a week of plenty of walking. My synthetic Asolos still have a tongue hotspot after plenty of miles. I used Nikwax Conditioner for Leather (I have the smooth leather) at the suggestion of Merrell. Kind of a pain to do with these new, as it's hard to dampen the leather with the DWR still on there.
I plan to use them for hiking (which I do rarely) but I needed city boots, so they'll get plenty of miles.
Thanks for you comment, you are correct suede and full grain are different types leather. I suspect we originally received this boot in a full grain version. Our copy people probably over looked needing to change the copy when we received the suede.
Answered on 12/31/2012 12:00:00 AM by Prod Spec Kevin from Sierra Trading Post
“Is this boot waterproof? Some other websites claim it is.”
Asked on 12/17/2012 12:00:00 AM by james from santa ana,ca